Cleft-Ridge Span
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY

Olmsted and Vaux designed numerous paths and trails requiring the construction of many small-scale bridges. The Cleft-Ridge Span is the first concrete arch bridge in the United States. It contains no iron or steel reinforcing and is an example of precast artificial stone construction.


The detailed Gothic ornamentation cast into the surface of the artificial stone is clearly visible.


10 x 14

Watercolor on paper